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MONDAY - November 3, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced ROBERT DONNELL BATTS, 29, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to 84 months’ imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.

A Criminal Information was filed on July 8, 2008. On August 4, 2008, BATTS pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and cocaine base (crack) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department learned that BATTS sold cocaine from a shed located in the rear of his residence in Rocky Mount and commonly carried a 9mm firearm during these drug transactions. On March 1, 2008, a search warrant was executed at BATTS’ residence where 87.7 grams of cocaine, currency, two sets of digital scales, a loaded and stolen Lorcin 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a loaded Llama .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and drug paraphernalia were seized.

BATTS’ previous convictions include possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, simple affray, two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell marijuana, and driving while impaired.

Mr. Holding commented: “The Court’s sentence today ends this defendant’s lengthy career in the drug business and reduces the risk to our communities caused by armed drug traffickers.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Rocky Mount Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.


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